The Saugeen Rail Trail is part of a former rail way line going
from Port Elgin to Southampton. This rail bed is now used for
cycling, hiking or walking. In winter its also ideal for cross
country skiing and snowshoeing.
Vegetation of the area is typical of the Great Lakes Hardwoods
region. In addition, the terrain has been enhanced by the planting
of hundreds of tree saplings to add to the beauty and shelter
of the trail. There is an abundance of wildlife, including raccoons,
hawks, robins, and bluebirds.
Your Pleasure... Spring, Summer, Fall - When
the ground is free of snow, walk it, bike it, hike it, run or
jog it as you will. Flora and fauna abound.
Winter - A wonderful flat, broad cross-country
ski or snowshoe trail protected from West winds by belts of
Trail Access - The main access to the trail
is River Street in Port Elgin. River meets Highway 21 in the
north end of town right across from Freshmart. The trail is
located about two blocks east of Highway 21. Look for the official
sign on River Street. Travel North on the trail to Southampton.
The trail runs to the former rail station in Southampton which
is now Grosvenor's Restaurant, a fine dining establishment.
Safety - The trail crosses Concession Road
#10, provincial Highway #21 and several streets. Be sure to
stop for traffic and cross with care.
The map below gives you a map of the trail, as well as some
of the local attractions and, of course, trail access points.
A popular trip is to travel the entire rail trail by bike and
continue a trail loop back along our scenic lakeshore road (see
In order for everyone to enjoy the trail, please follow the